DAILY NEWS Dec 7, 2012 8:14 AM - 0 comments

Pilot project will measure effectiveness of FAST lanes at Blue Water Bridge

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SARNIA, Ont. -- A six-month pilot project at the Blue Water Bridge will measure the time savings for truckers using dedicated FAST lanes.

About 1,400 trucks will be involved in the pilot project, announced Dec. 7 by Sarnia-Lambton MP Patricia Davidson along with the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Canada Border Services Agency, the Blue Water Bridge Authority and blueRover.

As part of the project, trucks using the dedicated FAST lanes will be fitted with a dash-mounted blueRover sensor, which measures traffic flow. The idea is to measure how significant the time savings are for trucks using FAST lanes to cross into Canada at the Blue Water Bridge.

“Time savings translates into a huge cost savings for trucking companies and the economy,” said Loreto Saccucci, CEO of blueRover. “It’s exciting to see blueRover technology become a big part of the solution to moving goods across the border far more efficiently.”

It’s expected the trucks using the FAST lanes will prove the time-saving benefits of the program, through shorter border crossing times.

“This technology is being used for the first time to measure FAST lane crossing times,” added Saccucci. “We’re confident blueRover analytics will show a time saving and clear benefit for trucks using the FAST lane.”

About 6,000 commercial vehicles cross the Blue Water Bridge each day, making it Canada’s second busiest commercial crossing. It’s estimated that border delays costs Canada’s economy between $15 billion and $30 billion per year.

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